Major League Baseball announced a few preliminary details for the logistics of the upcoming amateur draft. The Dodgers hold three of the first 36 picks, including the 20th overall pick in the first round.
With the news today that free agent shortstop Ian Desmond will sign with the Texas Rangers and become a left fielder, the Dodgers will move up a spot in the first round of the 2016 draft once the signing becomes official.
Because Desmond rejected the Washington Nationals’ qualifying offer after last season, he will cost the Rangers their first non-protected pick in the draft. That happens to be the 19th overall selection. The Dodgers, who were slated to draft 21st, will now move up a spot and pick 20th.
The Dodgers also hold the 32nd pick (compensation for losing free agent pitcher Zack Greinke, who rejected a qualifying offer and signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks) and the 36th pick (compensation for failing to sign pitcher Kyle Funkhouser after last year’s draft) in the June draft. Only the Cardinals (23, 33, 34) and Padres (8, 23, 24) will make their third pick in the draft before the Dodgers.
A power outage affecting the light banks on the third-base side of Nationals Park delayed Friday’s game between the Dodgers and Nationals. The game was ultimately suspended until 11 a.m. PT Saturday (Associated Press photo)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today was a weird day at the ballpark. From the time of the first pitch, just after 7 p.m. ET, less time was spent playing baseball than was spent waiting for the lights to come back on at Nationals Park.
After the game, both teams were granted permission to add a 26th player to their roster Saturday. I mentioned that in my game story, but failed to mention that the 26th player can only be used in the second game — the game that was originally scheduled for 1 p.m. PT. Please make a note of it.
Also Friday, the Dodgers signed top draft pick Walker Buehler, but not their next pick, Kyle Funkhouser.
Louisville pitcher Kyle Funkhouser is the only one of the Dodgers’ first 10 picks in the June draft who didn’t sign. (Associated Press photo)
The Dodgers signed the first player they chose in the June draft, Vanderbilt pitcher Walker Buehler, but not the second, Louisville pitcher Kyle Funkhouser.
Buehler, the 24th overall pick, received a $1.78 million signing bonus — $314,000 below the maximum. Why the steep discount?
According to multiple reports, Buehler has a torn ligament in his right elbow that will require Tommy John surgery. The procedure typically knocks pitchers out of action for 12 months or more.
Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi didn’t comment on the reports.
Game 2 of the best-of-three College World Series finale between Vanderbilt and Virgina begins at 5 p.m. PT tonight in Omaha, Nebraska. The game will be televised on ESPN.
One good reason to tune in: Left-hander Philip Pfeifer, whom the Dodgers drafted in the third round (101st overall) of the amateur draft earlier this month, is on the hill for Vanderbilt. The Commodores are one win away from the national title.
The if-necessary Game 3 would be Wednesday night on ESPN; the Dodgers and Cubs are scheduled to be on ESPN2.
Another good reason to watch: Pfeifer has already earned his undergraduate philosophy degree from Vanderbilt after overcoming substance abuse.